Uzbekistan reports coronavirus deaths as it expands lockdowns

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Uzbekistan reports coronavirus deaths as it expands lockdowns

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan reports the death of its first coronavirus on Friday, as it shut down several cities and districts, declaring a huge bonus for medical workers in the fight against infections, up 83.

A 72-year-old woman in Namangan city has died from cardiac infarction, health care said, adding that she suffered from a host of other diseases in addition to the virus.

She appeared to be infected by her daughter traveling to Turkey, it added.

Municipal authorities in Navoi province, which is home to large gold- and uranium-mining companies and chemical plants, say they have shut down Navoi and Zarafshan cities, as well as several districts. .

Authorities at the main tourism center of Bukhara also said the city would close its borders.

The central Asian country has locked some of its largest cities, including Namangan and the capital, Tashkent, outside where it has built a quarantine housing over 20,000 beds in modified freight containers.

Eleven infections were among medical workers, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said late Thursday, announcing a huge bonus payment for those working in direct contact with infected people.

Doctors will earn $ 2,500 every two weeks, or many times their normal monthly salary, while nurses and lab workers will receive $ 1,500, junior medical workers $ 1,000 and another $ 500, Mirziyoyev.

Medical workers infected while treating virus patients earn $ 10,000 each. (Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)